Set against the backdrop of the emerging “Merseybeat” scene in Liverpool, Detective Inspector George Rocke investigates murder in the heart of the city amidst the nightlife and cosmopolitan mix that was Liverpool in the early 1960s. It is about clashes of race, religion, culture and music in one of the most vibrant port cities in the world. It is the only city that can tell this story.
David Bedford, author of “Liddypool”, combines his love of Crime Fiction and the early history of The Beatles in his first crime thriller, a work of “Faction” (based in fact, featuring The Beatles, but with fictional characters).
In Liverpool, 1960, a nurse who frequents the legendary Jacaranda Club is murdered. Among the patrons are John Lennon and the fledgeling Beatles, the black members of the Caribbean Steel Band from Trinidad, as well as US serviceman from the local American airbase. Rocke has to tread the diplomatic line carefully as he ventures onto the American base to be confronted with their own form of bureaucracy and barriers.
Charged with solving the murder is Liverpool-Irish Inspector George Rocke, who has been joined in Liverpool by DS Warwick, a “racist” from London who has been demoted and sent to Liverpool as a punishment. Rocke and Warwick could not be more different, and they argue constantly, but together they must solve the murders, as suspects appear and disappear, some fatally.
Can Warwick and Rocke work together? Can their two backgrounds bring something new to the partnership? Can the lines between the races be removed so that they can look at this clearly?
Set to the back-beat of the emerging Merseybeat scene and the birth of The Beatles, “That’ll Be The Day…………….That I Die” takes you back to the streets of Liverpool and the city that would produce the greatest band of all time. However, in 1960, the pre-fame Beatles are playing in a Liverpool strip club for beer money, and Rocke has to interview them about the murder.
Can Rocke solve it? Could this be the end of The Beatles before they get started?